Analysis Of ' Full Moon Friday The Twelfth '

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“Full Moon Friday the Thirteenth” is a story about superstition and whether people should believe it. Throughout the story, Gawande transitions from a very sarcastic tone to a much more serious tone towards the end. This was due to a series of unfortunate events that he never would have expected, coincidentally occurring on none other than Friday the Thirteenth. At first, he attempted to shut down the superstitions and ignored them as if they weren’t a threat. Instead, he succumbed to them and realized that he was perhaps in for a very busy night at the hospital. Throughout the story, Gawande offers different opinions. At some points, he tells us why it is crazy to believe such a weird superstition, such as a particular day of the…show more content…
So, at one point or another, Gawande argues on both sides of the spectrum, explaining that either view is a possibility. However, for Gawande, his tone transitions from sarcastic and not really believing it himself to a much more serious tone. This change, occurring towards the end of the story, perhaps completely flip-flopped his opinion on it. Even though this story is about a serious subject, Gawande still manages to throw some of his own humor into the mix. This is a good point made by him. As this was mentioned earlier, bad things can happen to anyone, anytime, and anyplace. To several people, including myself, this is just a superstition; nothing more and nothing less. Sure, there are always different opinions, but that’s all they are: OPINIONS. Gawande explains this very well in just one statement. He says that we could have feared any other day of the year. We could have feared Thursday the thirteenth, or Friday the fifth, instead of Friday the thirteenth (16). It is in fact true that we could have referred to any day as unlucky. It’s just like having a lucky number too. To you, it may truly be lucky and make you feel that way too. On the other hand, your “lucky number” may not be someone else’s lucky number. Instead, it very well might be their unlucky number. In another instance, at the very beginning of the story, Gawande gives certain examples of athletes having their own superstitions (13). For example, Jack Nicklaus wouldn’t ever play a round of

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